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2018 has been a truly remarkable year at Clemson University.
We welcomed new faces, opened new facilities, made major strides in academics and research, and received recognition from reputable organizations across the globe.
To recognize the great work that we’ve accomplished together, we’re sharing some of our top faculty and staff stories that shaped our 2018 and will continue to do so for years to come.
This year, we welcomed several new leaders to the Clemson Family. Since arriving, they’ve all hit the ground running to move their colleges, departments or divisions forward.
- Alumna Emily Watrous returned to campus to lead the university’s human resources office.
- Keith L. Belli was named dean of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.
- Leslie Hossfeld began as dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences.
- Wendy York became dean of Clemson’s College of Business.
- Christopher Cox took over in August as the dean of libraries.
- Greg Mullen was named the permanent chief of the Clemson Police Department.
- Sarah Custer was named emergency management director.
Clemson’s impact goes beyond the classroom. This year, our faculty, staff and students made a difference with various initiatives throughout the state.
- 16 professors and administrators from the College of Education visited schools along Interstate 95 to learn from local educators about their struggles with inequitable school funding and poor student achievement.
- Clemson hosted the world energy conference in the U.S. for the first time in Charleston.
- Nine graduate students began work to transform eight South Carolina communities.
- Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit brought students, professionals, government officials and community leaders together from around the country to foster a more inclusive, supportive and diverse South Carolina.
- In October, top-level executives from some of South Carolina’s most influential companies came together for an unprecedented forum on how higher education can best partner with industry to meet the needs of advanced manufacturers.
The work of our faculty and staff hasn’t gone unnoticed. This year we saw a number by internationally recognized organizations and outlets, proving that Clemson’s reputation for excellence only continues to flourish.
- From The London Economic to The Washington Post, everyone was in awe of astrophysicist Marco Ajello and his team’s measurement of all the starlight ever emitted in the history of the observable universe.
- Wired was one of the many outlets that took notice of Darren Linvill and Patrick Warren’s study about the impact of Twitter trolls.
- Anjali Joseph’s research on design’s impact on the operating room landed front and center on The Wall Street Journal.
- Clemson emergency management director Sarah Custer offered AccuWeather advice for staying safe after a natural disaster.
- The University’s work to train the next generation of nurses was noted by the New York Times.
- Clemson’s Fire Tigers team showed NBC News how they are learning to combat growing wildfire threats.
While faculty and staff coordinated, created and researched on behalf of the university, they received well-deserved recognition from Clemson as well as national and international organizations. Check out the great work they have accomplished.
You spend one third of your life with your colleagues. How well do you really know them? This year, we had the pleasure of featuring nearly 50 faculty and staff members in our popular weekly Meet a Tiger program. Meet them here.
It’s a wrap
As we wrap up the year and move toward 2019, we want to say thank you to faculty, staff, administrators and leaders for moving Clemson toward the future.
We hope that you have a great holiday and break. Inside Clemson will be back Jan. 9, 2019.
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